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Theo Walcott realises his form for Arsenal will be paramount when it comes to Fabio Capello deciding which players to take to Euro 2012.

England ensured their passage to next summer's European Championships with a 2-2 draw in Montenegro on Friday, having been two goals ahead.

Walcott provided the opening goal for Manchester United's Ashley Young, having already featured heavily in Capello's plans during the qualification process.

The 22-year-old, though, knows he must maintain a consistent level of performance for Arsenal in order to guarantee himself a place on the plane to Poland and Ukraine.

“I think firstly you’ve got to play well for your club,” Walcott said.

“The manager will pick players on form so I’m not going to look too far ahead after what happened to me a couple of years ago [with the World Cup squad].

“The manager picks players in form, which means you always get a chance to play and show what you can do.


“Hopefully we can take that into the tournament when it comes to it. Firstly I’m going to be concentrating on Arsenal after the poor start we’ve had.”

Walcott is likely to feature for Arsenal on Sunday as the Gunners face Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.

The north London club have won just twice in the Barclays Premier League this season, and have garnered only seven points from as many outings.

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